Social bookmarking refers to storing, sorting, classifying, sharing, and searching through a collection of bookmarked links of web pages, images, videos, and audio files that are stored on the Internet.
Most internet browsers have a bookmarking function that will allow the user to save internet links on their personal computer for access at a future date. Social bookmarking is similar but occurs through an application or website where the user is able to bookmark a piece of information and store it on the internet for personal use, to share with a friend or group, or for public viewing. Once the user bookmarks a site they can categorize the information with tags. The tags of all users are compiled together in order to create a searchable folksonomy of information within the social bookmarking site.
Some popular social bookmarking applications and websites include:
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The following are some of the major benefits of social bookmarking:
- Provides a constantly evolving list of internet based resources.
- Can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection rather than only on an individual’s desktop or laptop computer.
- Bookmarked and tagged resources compile allowing users to see which resources are tagged by the most people.
- Users with similar interests can search within a keyword phrase or tag to find information posted by other users or can add information under a tag to increase and strengthen the folksonomy.
- Stores resources for access by individuals, groups, or the public. Also allows users to recommend resources to others.
Some of the ways in which social bookmarking can be utilized in the classroom include the following:
- Bookmark and tag resources for students to access during the semester. The social bookmarking site can then be made available to subsequent sections of the class and continuously modified.
- Require students to bookmark and tag resources for bibliographies, works cited, and literature reviews.
- Require students in a creative course such as art, music, drama, or dance to tag important works to create a library.
- Create a project in which students must find reliable internet sources related to a course topic and tag them in a social bookmarking site. Discuss what constitutes a reliable source. Evaluate the resources as a class activity: have students work in groups and evaluate the resources of other groups, or have students evaluate the resources of other students individually.
- View a flash animation of how to use a social bookmarking site.
- View an example of a Social Bookmarking Site
- Social bookmarking sites require that you have a username and password in order to save your bookmarks and recommend resources to others.
- After you join a social bookmarking service and obtain a username and password you will be asked to download a browser extension or desktop application.
- To save a website resource for later use, click on the icon that represents your social bookmarking program.
- A window will pop up allowing you to categorize your resources into various tags, insert information about the resource, and send the resource to others.
- In order to send information to others they must be a part of your social bookmarking “network.” This can be done by inviting another user to join your network. Once they are a part of your network you can make recommendations to them.
- The social bookmarking program will file your resource in accordance with the tags you selected. In order to retrieve the resource click on the tag under which it has been saved.
Articles – Journal and Academic
- 7 Things You Should Know About Social Bookmarking: A PDF article from Educause discussing the educational benefits and uses of social bookmarking.
- Exploring the Use of Social Bookmarking Technology in Education: An Analysis of Students’ Experiences using a Course-specific Delicious.com Account: A PDF scholarly article from the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching.
Articles – Blogs, Websites, Wikis
- Social Bookmarking for Your Classroom: A PDF article from Northeastern Illinois Universities Center for Teaching and Learning introducing social bookmarking as a classroom tool.
- Social Bookmarking Tools: An explanation of social bookmarking, ideas for uses of social bookmarking in the classroom and links.
- Wikipedia: Social Bookmarking: A detailed description of social bookmarking including advantages disadvantages and links.
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